fonds PR/Y/SAV - Parish records of York, St Saviour

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Parish records of York, St Saviour


  • 1567-2004 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.19 cubic metres

10 boxes and 2 rolls.

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Name of creator

(fl 11th century-)

Administrative history

The church of St Saviour was first mentioned c.1088-1093 when its patronage was granted to St Mary's Abbey, York, who retained it until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century. It was largely rebuilt in 1450 and had at least eight chantries, the largest number in the city in a single church. The north and south aisles of the church were rebuilt in 1844-1845 by R. H. Sharp and the south vestry was added in 1878 by W. G. Penty.

In 1586 St Saviour was united with York, St John, Hungate (also known as St John in the Marsh) and York, St Andrew's, Andrewgate. St John’s Church was demolished in the 16th century, whilst St Andrew’s Church was partially demolished and later became an infant school.

In September 1869 the new parish of Holy Trinity, Heworth, was formed from part of the parish and it formally separated from St Saviour on 4 June 1870. On 24 June 1954 York, St Saviour was united with the parish of York, All Saints Pavement, and St Saviour's Church became redundant on 23 May 1969.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1966 by the incumbent of the parish. Further additions were made to the archive in 1971, 1972 and 2008.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1567-1939 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of marriages, 1567-1939; register of burials, 1567-1939 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of banns, 1754-1794, 1907-1933; register of services, 1862-1872; records concerning benefice income, including sequestration papers, 1937, 1951, correspondence and papers, 1807, 1875, 1910, 1922-1930, tithe agreement, 1838, and tithe papers, 1897-1920; charity records, including accounts 1690-1813, 1907-1913, correspondence and papers, 1711-1803, 1807-1889, 1911-1922, 1932, minutes of meetings 1908, and papers relating to Barker's Charity, 1711-2004; churchwardens’ records, including accounts 1764-1926, 1934, rates papers and assessments, 1614, 1693, 1704, 1716-1719, 1721-1723, 1729-1733, 1735-1738, 1741, 1743-1748, 1752-1753, 1756-1757, 1845-1848, restoration papers, 1846, fabric papers, 1916-1956, and deeds, 1592-1707; constables’ records, including accounts, 1681-1697, and rates, 1736, 1744, 1756; records of incumbents, including patronage papers, 1933, parsonage house papers, 1930, and statistical returns, 1978-1979; overseers’ records, including accounts, 1755-1756, rates, 1730-1731, 1733, 1738, 1741, 1746, 1751, 1755, and settlement, removal and apprenticeship papers, 1696-1752; terriers, 1684-1901; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1766-1939, protestation return, 1641, and census return, 1831.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute. This includes all material received up to and including 2008.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1567-1939, marriages, 1567-1939, and burials, 1567-1812, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 876-877).

Related units of description

For related material held by the Borthwick Institute, see the parish records of York, St Denys and St George which include a map showing alterations of the areas of the parishes of All Saints and St Crux with St Saviour and St Sampson with Holy Trinity, King's Court; St Michael le Belfrey and Holy Trinity, Goodramgate; St Cuthbert; Holy Trinity, Heworth; and St Denys, 1975.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created 10.11.15




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